Saturday, June 4, 2011

Easy Chicken Tacos

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This recipe comes from Cooks Country, the August/September, 2009 edition.  As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to make them. The recipe calls for canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. You can find them in the ethnic section of your grocery store. I've never used them before, so I didn't know what to expect. They have a kick to them, but not too spicy, and the sauce has a nice, smokey flavor to it. These tacos are simple to make and can be ready in under 30 minutes (or so). Next time, I might even double the sauce because I used about 1 1/4 pounds of chicken, rather than the 1 1/2 pounds called for and the sauce gets completely absorbed by the chicken; it would be nice if there were some extra.

3 tbsp butter
4 garlic cloves, minced (I did not use)
2 tsp minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
1/2 cup orange juice (not frozen concentrate)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tsp prepared yellow mustard (I am not a fan of mustard, and even though this is such a small amount, I could still taste it, so I may not use it next time - I don't think it would be missed)
salt and pepper, to taste

12 (6-inch) flour tortillas

Warm the flour tortillas, wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet. bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes. (Do this, as they get nice and warm and steamed and it tasted better than if they are warmed in a skillet on the stove, or even eaten cold.)

To poach the chicken, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chipotle and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the orange juice, Worcestershire, and 1/2 cup of the chpd cilantro and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and simmer, covered, until meat registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer, about 10-15 minutes, flipping chicken over halfway through cooking time. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.

Increase heat to medium-high and cook until liquid is reduces to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes.  Off heat, whisk in the mustard. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to the skillet. Add the remaining 1/4 cup chpd cilantro and toss until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with shredded lettuce and chpd tomatoes, grated cheese, and sour cream. If you like, add a little additional chpd chipotle chilies, as well.

I just made these again for a second time, and I did just a couple of minor things differently: I pounded the chicken into an even thickness, which really helped them to cook more evenly; so they turned out more tender than they did the first time around.

Secondly, I doubled the sauce and did not add the mustard. I did not reduce the sauce before adding the shredded chicken, but I added it immediately. I then let it all cook a few minutes uncovered, until the sauce was thickened and absorbed by the chicken.

Certainly, add the mustard if you want - I just don't like the taste of it and I didn't miss it any (but then why would I? :] )


Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook said...

With a newborn at home, EASY is my favorite word when it comes to meals.

Pam said...

Love this and Cooks Country also. This sounds nice and easy and I would probably stick with the mustard. I have an award for you on my blog today.

The Sugar Queen said...

Chris ~ congratulations on the new baby! How wonderful! If you do end up trying them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. (In fact, I'm making them again today :) )

Pam ~ I just went to your blog ... thanks so much for including me in your award list. That's very sweet of you to do!

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